Samsung Galaxy Tab: Hate It (Gizmodo) or Like It (All Things D)?

The first Android based tablet to generate a credible amount of interest and buzz is also generating some interesting opinions about it. On one hand, Gizmodo’s Matt Buchanan wrote:

Samsung Galaxy Tab Review: A Pocketable Train Wreck

In his concluding paragraph, Matt wrote: The Tab is like a compromise’s evil twin, merging the worst of a tablet and the worst of a phone.

On the other hand, the Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg wrote:

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab Is iPad’s First Real Rival

He concluded that: The Tab is attractive, versatile and competitively priced, though monthly cell fees can add up. It’s different enough from the iPad, yet good enough, to give consumers a real choice.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab appears to have a number of strikes against it when compared to the iPad:

– 3G model prices just barely less than comparable iPad 3G
– Smaller screen than iPad at nearly the same cost
– Half the battery life of the iPad (according to Mossberg)
– Is based on Android OS 2.2 (Froyo) which other hardware manufacturers have said is not suitable for a tablet product
– There doesn’t appear to be any series Android tablet specific app development with the exception of the Wall Street Journa app

On the plus side, the Galaxy Tab provides:
– Two cameras (compared to zero for the iPad)
– Has 3G models available from multiple U.S. wireless carriers